Crying Virgin Mary statue draws attention

By: Elizabeth Bishop
By: Elizabeth Bishop

A statue of the Virgin Mary at a Central Florida retail business has drawn attention from the church and the faithful after it apparently shed a black tear.

Castle Designs in Orlando received the marble statue weeks ago from overseas. Castle Designs CEO Les Roberts said the tear was just recently noticed and it appears to be coming from inside the statue.

Roberts said members of the Orlando Catholic Diocese plan to visit the business and look at the statue. The business has also offered to let the diocese display it.

Worshippers have visited the store, asking for private prayers. The store has roped off the area where the statue is located. The owners have decided not to sell it.

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